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Brian Lion’s ‘Best Of 2013′ In Music

“I fled the country. I thought I’d leave this behind, but I built the same damn house on every acre I could find. And I tried to fake my own death, just to shake the devils from my mind.”

For myself, 2013, more than any other year that’s come to pass, was painstakingly challenging when it came to choosing favorites in music. Sometimes, having an immensely receptive and exploratory musical palate can be as much of a curse as it is a blessing — at least when it comes down to the year’s closing weeks and the obligatory “best of” …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Rocky Loves Emily

We’re extremely pleased to bring you this exclusive interview with Rocky Loves Emily!

RLE burst onto the pop scene in 2009 with something to prove and with honesty, dedication, and a love for their fans, the band have secured their spot in the ranks with some of the best in the business. They’ve recently released their newest effort Secrets Don’t Make Friends which quickly rose in popularity on UTG and has been adored by the rest of the world.

We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to speak with vocalist Brandon James Ellis about the new album, his …

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UTG INTERVIEW: If These Trees Could Talk

To coincide with our recent CD giveaway, we bring you this exclusive interview with If These Trees Could Talk!

ITTCT is a do-it-yourself, instrumental post-rock group based out of Akron, Ohio. They recently released their sophomore full-length effort entitled Red Forest which has already received substantial recognition across the blogosphere for its display of the band’s talent and evolution since their first EP in 2006. Red Forest is sure to satisfy any post-rock fan and will undoubtedly be featured on many of 2012′s “best of” lists.

UTG had the opportunity to speak with guitarist Michael Socrates about Red Forest

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UTG INTERVIEW: Trioscapes

Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if Rush, Scale The Summit, King Crimson, and Animals As Leaders collaborated on an album together? Well Trioscapes may have the cure for your curiosity and your wildest dreams…

They are a talented (understatement) instrumental trio that delivers a new, refreshing and organic sound that spawned from plans to play a simple one-off show which quickly turned into somewhat of an epiphany. They decided to turn that one-time-only into a full on project and we as music listeners should be very thankful.

UTG had the opportunity to speak with bassist Dan …

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THE OUTRO: The Fall Of Troy

The Outro is a new column here on Under the Gun Review to honor our favorite bands from the past decade that made their mark in their respective genres but have since come to the unanimous decision to move on from their confluence and pursue alternative enterprises.

Providing an in depth look at the featured band’s career as well as interviews with the bands themselves regarding their departure, The Outro is sure to have you feeling a spell of nostalgia as you reconnect with your favorite acts that we’ve lost in recent years.

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The Outro – The Receiving End of Sirens

The Outro is a new column here on Under the Gun Review to honor our favorite bands from the past decade that made their mark in their respective genres but have since come to the unanimous decision to move on from their confluence and pursue alternative enterprises. Providing an in depth look at the featured band’s career as well as interviews with the bands themselves regarding their departure, The Outro is sure to have you feeling a spell of nostalgia as you reconnect with your favorite acts that we’ve lost in recent years.

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Being in Class vs. Being on Stage – An Interview With What Hands Are For

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo doesn’t just look like a college-going bookworm. He graduated from Harvard at age 35 in 2006 after years of success as a musician. Tom Morello graduated with a BA (with honors) in political science from Harvard in 1986 long before being the famed guitarist for Rage Against the Machine. Sam Beam, also known by his folky sobriquet Iron & Wine, started out as Professor Beam of film and cinematography at the University of Miami and Miami International University of Art & Design before he ever released his first album in 2002.

Three musicians from three completely …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Red Fang

Red Fang have been taking the metal world by storm since releasing their debut, self-titled album in 2009 via Sargent House. Between playing the Metalliance tour alongside Crowbar and Helmet, and opening for bands like Megadeth on the Jägermeister stage of Rockstar’s Mayhem Festival last year, the guys in Red Fang have surely been making their presence known. In just a few short years, they’ve already accumulated an extensive following of die hard fans modifying their bodies with Red Fang logo tattoos.

UTG had the chance to speak with bassist Aaron Beam about the comparisons between a Red Fang concert …

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[New Column] THE OUTRO: The Bled

The Outro is a new column here on Under the Gun Review to honor our favorite bands from the past decade that made their mark in their respective genres but have since come to the unanimous decision to move on from their confluence and pursue alternative enterprises.

We are gathered here today to mourn the loss of Arizona natives, The Bled. Let’s take a moment to reflect on the aggressive, one-of-a-kind-core stylings of a spirited band never to be forgotten… Brace yourself!

Originally known by the lengthy moniker, “The Radiation Defiance Theory” at their formation in 2001, The Bled …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Brendon Small (Creator of Metalocalypse / Dethklok)

Jack of all trades. Renaissance man. Call it what you want to call it, he’s a fucking workaholic. Brendon Small is the mastermind behind your favorite animated band, Dethklok as well as the voice of so many characters you’ve come to love from his very own Metalocalypse, as well as numerous other animated series such as Frisky Dingo, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and The Venture Bros.

Between working on the upcoming fourth season of Metalocalypse, lending his voice to the characters of the aforementioned animation and writing/recording Dethalbums, Small has been hard at work on his solo effort Galaktikon which …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Exotic Animal Petting Zoo

Exotic Animal Petting Zoo is an experimental progressive rock band with a hugely diverse sound that’s as original as their name. They’ve released one very well received full length album and will be releasing their sophomore effort Tree Of Tongues via Mediaskare Records on May 8.

UTG spoke with one of the founding members Stephen Carr about their upcoming release, their influences, and a little memory with Marky Mark. Read through to get the scoop on EAPZ and make sure to check out two amazing new tracks from Tree Of Tongues on their Facebook page at the link provided above.…

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UTG INTERVIEW: Radical Face

Ben Cooper is one half of the indie pop duo Electric President but has been hard at work on a solo project for nearly a decade now. Radical Face is the formulation of Cooper’s own thoughts, ideas, and dedication.

UTG had the chance to speak with Ben Cooper about his inspirations and upcoming projects. Please read through and get caught up with Radical Face.

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I’ve wanted to write a family saga for years. It’s a big topic for me personally, and it’s something I’ve always enjoyed reading. I …